Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Jobs in Maine - ME
Psychiatric nurse practitioners are required to be licensed in all 50 states, and have prescriptive authority in all but one state (Georgia). It was discovered in a study conducted by the Muskie School of Public Service of the University of Southern Maine that there is a ratio of 9.6 psychiatric nurse practitioners per every 100,000 citizens in rural Maine. As these numbers could definitely be improved, lots of registered nurses and interested students are investigating how to become psychiatric nurse practitioners in Maine so as to help improve this ratio.
After attending a graduate educational program, psychiatric nurse practitioners in Maine must gain national certification. This is achieved by taking an examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Prometric Testing Centers throughout Maine administer these examinations, in cities including Bangor, Presque Isle, and South Portland.
Once certified, a future psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) must apply with the Maine Board of Nursing for licensure. Jobs for PMHNPs may be available all over Maine in general hospitals, specialized psychiatric inpatient centers, outpatient treatment centers, residential treatment centers, youth treatment centers, correctional services, and in group and private practice situations.
PMHNPs in Maine may assess, diagnose, and provide therapy and other treatments (including prescriptions) to the psychiatric patients in their care.